June 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
I first encountered Magda’s work in 1996, when, as young women, we experimented with self-imaging practices and maintained popular websites – before the internet boom in which social networking and blogging platforms emerged. We both went on to develop our artistic and academic practices in the context of the institutionalized art world, but have continued to share and collaborate. Her ongoing series of work that started in 2005 depicts menstruation. It draws on ideas of transgression, the abject, and boundaries, and it displays a playfulness often missing from discourse around the female body.
Olszanowski’s work was initially a response to the Cartesian history of prioritizing the disembodied self and the established scientific discourse based on intellectual detachment, rationality, and objectivity – leaving the state of corporeality and the body as irrational, uncontrolled, and menstruating. In this misogynist discourse, much extended by Freud, corporeality belongs to the feminine, producing the woman as dangerous and fleshy. Like much feminist work, such as Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto, Magda’s work welcomes the dangerous and fleshy self. We shared a lengthy conversation across many time zones focused on her history with menstruation, her work, and the importance of leading an embodied practice.
November 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Jessica Tremp || Nora Wendl & Jeremy Hanson || Lidia Malynowskyj || Léa Donnan || Alex Hogan || Marianne Dages || Lee Salomone || Philippe Braquenier || Margaret Bowes || Philip Samartzis || Sarah Burwash || Andrew Ranville || Rashanna Rashied-Walker || Melody Woodnutt & Judy Thomas || Justin Apperley || Stephen John Ellis || Katelyn Clark || Yongjae Kim
Cover image by Sarah Burwash
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August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
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Submissions are now open for Issue 07 REMOTE
>> Islands, desert, mountains, isolation, loneliness, resourcefulness, space, lack of communication, new community, being lost, finding things, independence, scare resources, light and weather, trust.
Submissions close 10 September 2013.
January 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
Churning water. Icicles, smoke stacks. Choreographed trust exercise, side by side, grab shoulders lean out, slip the grip, upper arm, spring and slip, to elbow, then leaning and gripping wrists, v shaped bodies, then spring and grip back up. Trust not to let the other fall. Over and over. Breakers. Hyperrealistic colours for people. Black and white pulsing water. One two three, regimented, exact, rythym, breath, pulse, futility, strength. Arm elbow wrist. Part of ideas for Passages, new body of work. Water, faith, formation, exactitude. Deference. Arrival. Wills.
January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
I am thinking about the body as darkroom. The body itself as a house of images. Light impressions pressed into the skin—burnt on our bodies. I am then, part of this cold sea. And it aches. I am then this body of water, and I travel where it travels and we reflect back at you the same face.
January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
Expeditions to find the north-east/west passage that resulted in disappearance of entire boats. Taking crew lists and descriptions of the vessel from first and second hand sources, recreate an entire lineage for each person and model of the ship. Envision scenario when captain finally knew it was all going to end. Create model boats that can sail and set them forth into the Norwegian Sea. Consult local prophetess about the souls of departed. Pray for them. Make own boat, anchor it to shore at three points, sail out. Rituals, winch myself back in again. Repeat. Find coordinates to the Bearing strait.
Go to beach with black sand, carve out a vein, take it with me. In place substitute the sand from yellow beach. Maybe bury it. Film the exchange. Repeat at yellow beach. Hide a talisman hope it gets washed to sea… now the both are present at each other. Take information on the tides and rate of dispossession of sand and renewal rates, estimate time before sand is fully absorbed at each site.